End of Life

Education and Advocacy

National Home Funeral Alliance

The NHFA acts as a clearinghouse of all things home funeral, providing connections and resource information to all who are looking for guidance. Homefuneralalliance.org

Minnesota Death Collaborative

The Minnesota Death Collaborative is a central resource of integrated end-of-life professionals.  We provide presence, education, and advocacy to individuals, caregivers, and providers. Through compassion and respect, we honor all visions and experiences of what death may be. https://www.mndeathcollaborative.com

Death Cafe Twin Cities

Death Cafe is a not-for-profit social franchise and international movement to “increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives.”  Gatherings are held in a variety of event spaces and aim to incorporate guest artists, speakers, and activities. Death Cafe Twin Cities

Minnesota Threshold Network

An informal place to talk, share, and educate ourselves and others about the environmental, emotional and economic benefits of a more natural, less commercial approach to death, including conscious dying, home vigils, family-directed funerals, and natural burials. mnthresholdnetwork.wordpress.com

Green Burial Council

Green, or natural burial is a way of caring for the dead with minimal environmental impact that aids in the conservation of natural resources, reduction of carbon emissions, protection of worker health, and the restoration and/or preservation of habitat. Green burial necessitates the use of non-toxic and biodegradable materials, such as caskets, shrouds, and urns. Green Burial Council

Funeral Consumers Alliance

Funeral Consumers Alliance is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting a consumer’s right to choose a meaningful, dignified, affordable funeral. funerals.org


The Minnesota Department of Health offers a free downloadable booklet with information on final disposition. health.state.mn.us/divs/hpsc/mortsci/choices.pdf

Funeral Homes and Green Burial Sites (Twin Cities area)

Prairie Oaks Memorial Eco Gardens

Natural Burial ground in Inver Grove Heights. mngreengraves.com

Crescent Tide Funeral and Cremation

Providing low-cost funerals and cremations. crescenttide.com

Bradshaw Funeral & Cremation

First funeral home in Minnesota to offer Flameless Cremation (alkaline hydrolysis). greencremation.com

Mound Cemetery of Brooklyn Center

Minnesota’s first hybrid green burial ground certified by the Green Burial Council. Brooklyn Center.

Oak Hill Cemetery

Hybrid burial ground. NOTE: Oak Hill does not maintain a website, call 612-869-6404 for further information.

Oakland Cemetery

Non-denominational cemetery owned and operated by the city of Marine on St. Croix, MN. 651-433-3636mosc@midconetwork.com


Hybrid burial ground, Roseville, MN.  651-489-1720.

Coffins, Shrouds and Urns

Northwoods Casket

Handcrafting fine wooden caskets in a manner that preserves and protects our precious natural resources and the Earth’s beautiful landscapes. Northwoods Casket 

Mourning Dove Studio

We wholesale biodegradable, ecologically-sound funeral merchandise suitable for natural burials or cremation. www.mourningdovestudios.com

Kinkaraco (ken-Car-raw-co)

Affordably constructed secular shrouds designed specifically for people who want their funerals to be as simple and natural as their lives. kinkaraco.com

Trappist Caskets

Handmade wood caskets and urns blessed by the Trappist Monks at New Melleray Abby in Iowa.  Trappist Caskets and Urns

Bellacouche Felt Studio

Beautiful burial cocoons hand-made from wool felt. bellacouche.com

Funeral Consumers Alliance

Beautiful, natural urns, coffins and caskets. Finalfootprint.com

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